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LIHSA celebrates with faculty and alumni at annual gala

Kelly Butterworth  
LIHSA alumna and faculty member Kelly Butterworth, a professional dancer with the Jamal Jackson Dance Company in Manhattan, will be among the featured performers at the Long Island High School for the Arts Faculty Alumni Gala.  


The Long Island High School for the Arts (LIHSA), part of Nassau BOCES, will hold its annual Faculty Alumni Gala on Friday, May 6. The star-studded charity event will feature professional artists, who are faculty members and alumni, presenting a series of performances, all guaranteed to captivate the audience.

The celebration begins at 7 p.m. with an art show and sale in the gallery, followed by performances in the Seymour Weiner Theatre. The evening will be capped off by an elegant dessert reception. Gala tickets are $25 each and include a complimentary raffle entry. Proceeds from the event benefit the school’s scholarship fund. For ticket information, call LIHSA, which is located at 239 Cold Spring Harbor Road in Syosset, at 516-622-5678.

The event is dedicated to beloved former dance teacher and alumna Janice Aguilera, who passed away earlier this year. She is remembered for her talent, warm personality and love of dance.

Performers include several alumni who have starred on Broadway and in national tours. Buddy Casimano was a back-up dancer for pop sensation Debbie Gibson and has worked with numerous other stars, and has also performed on Broadway. Gina Milo was last seen in “Chicago” at the Drury Lane Theatre.

Nassau BOCES is part of the public school system and LIHSA is a high school program that offers intensive training in the visual and performing arts. Students from both Nassau and Suffolk Counties may attend this half-day program and can choose to major in art, dance, drama, theater tech, music, musical theatre or film. Over 98 percent of the graduates go on to colleges or conservatories, including the Juilliard School, Boston Conservatory, New York University/Tisch School of the Arts, Rhode Island School of Design, and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. The graduating class of 2015 was collectively offered more than $5.5 million in scholarships.